Did you know that nicotine somehow doubles the rate by which the human body eliminates caffeine from the bloodstream? It's true! Research has found that when caffeine users (caffeine is found in coffee, cola, tea and chocolate) quit smoking without reducing their caffeine intake that their blood caffeine levels double to 203% of their normal pre-quitting baseline, when measured at three weeks.
Although most who stop using nicotine can handle a doubling of the amount of caffeine in their bloodstream without experiencing additional anxiety and jitters some can't. For big daily caffeine users anxiety levels can skyrocket as the caffeine in their blood reaches almost toxic levels.
None of us need give up our coffee, cola, tea or chocolate but if you feel like you're climbing the walls, anxious or you're having trouble sleeping, you may need to reduce your intake a bit. For those who think that their coffee won't taste as good without a smoke, with healed tastebuds and a hightened sense of smell it will taste more accurate than ever!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,
John - The Gold Club